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Well, I’ve finally finished the tortous process of writing and editing [and re-writing] and am ready to publish [I think]. I have my account but am not sure what to do next. What size should I format the document in to prepare for printing? What do I do about the cover? Do I need to create a page with the ISBN number etc on? Any advice would be appreciated.
That is great news! I hope the process wasn’t too tortuous. Having said that I’ve heard people say that the more tortuous the editing the better the book is in the end.
On CN we have the Book Creator to guide you through the publishing process. It should give you all the information you need. You can start from your portfolio page under ‘my home > my portfolio’. There is also a publishing guide available as a PDF which you can download from this page:
If you want an ISBN for your book I would recommend getting one before you start. You will probably want to add a page into your manuscript with the ISBN and it will be added to your cover as well.
The easiest way to buy an ISBN at the bottom of each page of the Book Creator.
An ISBN can also be done by visiting My Home > My Portfolio > Plan and then clicking the ‘Buy site services’ button.
Once you have bought an ISBN don’t forget to apply it to your book during the Book Creator otherwise it won’t be used!
At CN we use two common sizes of book:
Demy (about 222 × 148 mm). This is considered a pocketable/baggable book suitable for convenience reading and so more popular for fiction. Doesn’t have much room for diagrams, pictures or charts but the narrower pages make reading prose easier.
Crown (about 195 × 292 mm). This is a larger book with more room for more complex layouts such as images with annotations. It is a little big for putting in a handbag but still pretty manageable. We selected this as it is the most popular size for reference and non-fiction.
If you are using MS Word I would recommend that you make all your changes in MS Word and upload your word document. Make sure you read through the publishing guide and watch Anna’s formatting guide videos found in the manuscript step of the publishing process before uploading your manuscript. You can also see this page for hints and tips on typesetting and formatting.
To make creating a cover easier we have built a Cover Creator application right into CompletelyNovel. After you have uploaded your manuscript you will be able to access the cover step of the Book Creator.
The Cover Creator allows you to add images and text to build your cover. When you click to save we will automatically generate a print-ready PDF from your work.
There are some great suggestions here as to how to create more advanced designs with the cover creator.
If you have hired a graphics professional you can upload a PDF directly to the Book Creator although I would recommend steering clear of this unless a professional is doing it. All the size information can be found in the cover step of the Book Creator. CompletelyNovel also offesr our own cover design services. There are more details about that on this page.
After your book is set up, manuscript uploaded and cover made you can set the price of the book. Once that is done you need to download all the PDF files and check them thoroughly. You can then ‘publish’ the Book Creator which creates a printable book.
You can then order a proof copy to check the book through.
If you want to make a revision just enter the Book Creator again and make any changes you need to make and re-publish it.
When you have checked the proof copy and are happy for the book to go live you can set the book’s visibility to ‘public’. This will mean it will appear in the CN listings.
After the book is published and visible you can explore distribution and promotion options but this is another question!
I love this answer Oliver, thank you :-) I notice just looking around at books with ISBN’s on the back cover that a lot of books have the name of the publisher and website within the ISBN placard, is this the case with CompletelyNovel too?- Liz 20 Feb 14:11
I joined CN yesterday and have found this response extremely useful.
Thanks so much.
Yve- Y 03 Jun 03:56
very thorough answer! Am a newbie and you answered my question! Thank you
Welcome and glad I could help!- Oliver 21 Feb 16:12